Retro Design Goods for Photoshop and Illustrator

Want to give your work touches of historical magic?

Looking for a quick way to add unique touches to your design work?

Maybe you're looking for a tool that will jumpstart some new ideas?

We provided brushes, textures, templates, fonts and more all truly inspired by 20th century American design. Unlike most shops our products are made by from real materials (instead of Photoshop tricks like most shops).

Here's some examples of the way we bring authenticity to our products in the past:

  • Buying $800 of screenprinting gear to create realistic screen print textures.
  • Pulling halftones and textures from a 1940s surplus catalog
  • Researching mid-century print techniques and then doing AB comparisons until we nailed the effect

The point is we love what we do and we invest the time to make the products you purchase awesome. We do this full-time. We cut no corners.

That means you can focus on design and let us worry about providing you with a toolbox of design tools worthy of the work you do.  

My wife and first daughter living with my grandmother at my great Uncle Al's house. Notice the old reel-to-reel, retro TV, and floor to ceiling mid-century ranch style windows. The whole house was like a mid-century museum. All these memories and nostalgia fueled the beginning of RetroSupply Co.

Borox Boxes, pulp comics, and my grandma's house

I've always loved old stuff. Long before I even knew what design was I was drawn to the look of pulp comic book prints, my great uncle Al's old boxes of in the garage, and the thougtfully composed labels on cone-top beer cans. 

So when I became a designer it was only natural that I tried to recreate the look of these print effects, old textures, and layouts. The problem was that I sucked at getting these effects in my work.

Then in the summer of 2014, I moved to California with my wife to take care of my grandmother for a year. The ranch style house was located in Los Altos, California and as soon as you walked inside it was like you stepped into the 1950s. 

Using my grandmother's house as a retro lab, I scanned textures from old Borax boxes. I photographed textures at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where I rode roller coasters as a kid. I went junking in antique shops (and my grandmother's attic and garage) and photographed the items for mock-ups. 

Slowly I learned how to extract the retro goodness from these items and turn it into digital tools for designers.

Today, RetroSupply Co. does the exact same thing. Just on a bigger stage. We still create our own products. But we also partner with industry leaders who want to carry the traditions of historical design. 

Here's some great places to start

Looking to dive into RetroSupply Co. fast! Below I've included links to my favorite stuff on our site including freebies, tutorials, premium products, and resources. You're sure to find something that will make you happy!

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